My father retired last week.He.... for the same company all his life(had worked/worked)

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@Ahmed55 posted:

My father retired last week.He.... for the same company all his life(had worked/worked)

Hi, Ahmed—With his retirement being so recent, I would use the present perfect:

  • My father retired last week. He has worked for the same company all his life.

Hi Ahmed55,

In an exam or exercise book question, “had worked” should be the typical model answer, to describe an extended period of past time (all one’s life) up until a past point of time (retired), especially when given your two closed options.

In real life uses, I‘m learning a lot from David too.

(I’m not a native English speaker but would like to try to share my opinions as a teacher of English in Hong Kong.)

@Kinto posted:

In an exam or exercise book question, “had worked” should be the typical model answer, to describe an extended period of past time (all one’s life) up until a past point of time (retired), especially when given your two closed options.

In real life uses, I‘m learning a lot from David too.

The past perfect is technically justifiable, of course, but it is rather forced, unnatural, and academic here. In a case where someone has worked somewhere all his life until a week ago, he may as well have just stopped working there.

  • He has worked there all his life. Last week he retired.

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